New West is an exceptional school. My son began as a 6th grader and is now in 10th grade and I have seen him internalize the school's values of holding oneself to high standards and taking responsibility for one's work and actions. He is eager to learn and to feel challenged by his teachers. There's a warmth and camaraderie among the students and teachers that I have rarely seen in other schools. The students seem smart, confident, poised and cheerful and the campus has a refreshing lack of snobbishness. I highly recommend this school.
As a parent of two children at the school, I really did literally "win the lottery" (admission is fair - your number is pulled out of a hat or it isn't). Everyone who is at this school wants to be there, so the parent participation is outstanding and high. The facility is beautiful and technologically advanced, the staff is amazing (outside-the-box teaching as needed with enthusiasm and passion) and the administration is experienced and dedicated. Kids can be themselves at this school, whether your child has an IEP, is into sports, is learning how to play an instrument, is a reader or dancer - there is something for everyone at this school. Are there limitations? Of course - there are at any school, and it may not be the right fit for your child. There is no field, there is a strict transportation policy, kids and parents must volunteer, etc. The pros far outweigh the cons, at least for my family.
Wow! that is all can say. My child will be a Jr. at New West in a few days, and has been a New West Student since the 6th grade. I cannot say enough about the quality and caring of the teachers and staff. The school leadership is awesome as well. All focus seeing the big picture, the students doing the best they can and succeeding in life and school. Yes, they have rules, and yes, it is not for everybody. This is a school for parents who are involved and want to see their child happy, self confident and smart, in a safe and friendly environment. No, this school is not for everybody, no school is. My child is of mixed race and is very comfortable with all the students, parents and staff. It is a pleasure when seeing them about as to how well all the kids behave and the respect they have for themselves and others. WE so need more schools like this one!!!
New West is truly a wonderful gem. It is a high performing charter school with heavy parent involvement. I am the parent of a seventh grader this school year who for the first time is actually excited to go back to school. My student thrives in the environment that New West fosters which in my opinion is, academic excellence while also nurturing independence and leadership... among other fantastic attributes!
All three of my children have attended New West middle school. Two of my children are attending the high school(New West didn't have a high school when my first child finished middle school) From students to teachers to administration the school has been first rate. Every time I have had requests for my children I can always speak with an administrator timely. The teachers care tremendously and almost all of them form a strong alliance with the students. All the parents have to volunteer at least 16 hours a year and that is a great model for our children. My children have received a top notch education at the school. They It is one of the highest performing schools in the city. It is in a wonderful neighborhood in West Los Angeles and it is housed in a building that was designed for the school. It is quite nice. I would recommend it highly. It is small and there is a small playground. That is my only concern. However they utilize a large park right nearby.
New West is a truly great school. The Teachers are of the highest caliber and are dedicated to providing their students with an exceptional education. New West students don't just learn information by rote - they are taught how to think creatively and independently. The Principal and Vice Principal are simply amazing and dedicated to the well being of all students. This is the start of my 8th year as a New West parent and I can honestly say that New West has always put students and their best interests first, no matter how difficult the situation. I look forward to another 6 years at New West Charter!
New West is a great option for a parent thinking outside the box and wanting a school for their child that focuses on the individual, while promoting excellent core values.
New West is an outstanding school both for their middle and high school program. The break the mold of poor quality public education in LA - thanks to their relentlessly hard working Principal, administration team and teachers. With over 1000 applicants this year alone for only a handle full of open admission spots - the only heartbreak for parents is that their is not enough spaces for the enormous demand for entry. Keep up the stellar work New West - but please look at opening up additional campuses across LA!!
Has great potential but seems to lack an understanding about what makes a good high school successful. The principal of the school doesn't show up until late morning or early afternoon. Not available to talk to until then. Really enjoyed getting to know the high school assistant principal of the high school this year but then was told he left. He seemed to understand high school students and connected well with with high school students. The current administration doesn't seem to understand high school students or what it takes to run a successful high school. There seems to be little very little respect from administration to the high school teachers
The word most parents use when talking about their middle schoolers' experience at NWC is "bloom." Kids learn through projects-based curriculum and "simulations" (hands on experience with what they study). They write their own textbooks in each class - my child's notebooks and projects are works of art. Some say the school is too easy, but you won't see me complain that my child does not spend an entire weekend with projects and homework. Kids are engaged in the learning and so creative! Teachers are young, it's true, but I no longer view it as a negative. They are enthusiastic and communicate their passion to the kids. (How often have teachers thanked your kids for a great year in a public school? I can't remember either.) The electives are diverse and rigorous, including classes like speech and debate, languages, art. In addition to academics, the school nurtures adolescents' social and emotional development. Kids are great at the school because they are taught to be great kids. I could see the difference in my child immediately after she transferred to NWC from our local public MS. Two years later, she is a happy, well-adjusted, and highly motivated student.
High-schoolers beware New West Charter High School is a failing experiment. They're a "college prep" with no AP classes. Honors classes are a joke: both honors and non-honors students are mixed together in the same classrooms, taught the same material at the same pace, and are given the same tests, with honors students only being expected to complete an extra project during the semester. They've been unable to keep teachers for the entire school year. In its 2 year history, each year has seen a teacher leave midway through the year. In the ensuing chaos, student work and tests get lost. Very little learning takes place until a replacement is found and has time to figure out where the last teacher left off. The school's API score has suffered. After consistently going up to near record highs, the poorly structured high school has caused the first drop in API score in the school's history. Most telling is the fact that their own college counselor has advised students to find another high school to improve their likelihood of getting into college. NOTE: This review is SOLELY for the high school. The middle school is outstanding and well deserving of its good reputation.
New West is not a supportive learning environment for students who need any special attention. The administration treats Federal law governing students with disabilities as if it were optional. The administration and faculty are shockingly ignorant about even the most common learning disabilities and use the "blame the student" approach that had cruelly prevented so many students from getting the free appropriate public education every American child is entitled to . Like so many charters they accept federal dollars ear marked for Special Education but fail to actually educate the students the money Is intended for. If New West wants to behave like a private school it should stop taking tax payer money.
Overhyped. My child was not engaged, not focused and clearly was looking over her shoulder to see what local public schools offered. Their API slid nearly 30 points but that is because high school is such a different game where diversity of experiences and students are important. Go to nearby magnets to see these things readily available.
New West had been fantastic for my child. We moved him from a stuffy private school and have never looked back. He settled in immediately and has become so interested in school again. They have a young faculty who are very enthusiastic, they seem to make the whole learning experience refreshing. I know not every school will suit every child but New West has giving my son a new outlook on learning, and I love it!
This school could be so much more. There are some great teachers and staff, but there are a lot of issues with this school. It feels like the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing. Everyone is out of the loop. Students, parents, teachers, and most importantly the administration don't know what's going on and are disconnected. Sadly, I will not have my child continue with New West.
My school is horrible. I wish I could tell you but I can't because I don't know how to. I have learned absolutely nothing in this past year at NW. The teachers give no respect to any of the students. and when you turn in homework...actually you don't even need to turn it in! they don't even check it. And many times they will lose your paperwork. The teachers act like they don't want to explain what they are teaching. If you have a question in class they ignore you. They sit at their desk and e-mail their friends and make you sit and do nothing. You could do better at another school.
New West is an outstanding school. Congratulations to all the students and staff for being named a California Distinguished school again! Thank you for creating a true gem in public education in LA!!!
In my opinion I think that it is not such a privilege to go to new west charter. There is not a field, all we have is a small parking lot. I feel that is is just not rite. I am really disappointed this year that we had to go threw two language arts teachers and we are behind greatly in language arts. It is not fair to me being in a school with absolutely barely anything. New west had the most unorganized field trip i have ever seen, it was disappointing. As a student of new west i do not feel that it is a privilege to attend new west charter school.
Overrated by hype. The principle is rigid and uncaring. There is no yard. Not accommodating. The bus stop is full of high end cars yet they claim to reach for underprivileged kids.
The absolute worst principle: Snobby, conceded, doesn't care at all about the students, only for herself and how the school is perceived to be. New West may have great test scores, but the way the staff treats the students and parents is unbearable. Please by all means do not send you children here.
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